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Everyman 3519/16 March

Posted by Pierre on March 23rd, 2014

Pierre.

Always a pleasure to solve and blog an Everyman.  The usual combination of smooth surfaces and accessible clueing.  The enumeration for one of the clues struck me as unusual, but perhaps others have seen it before.

 

 

 

Abbreviations

cd  cryptic definition
dd  double definition
(xxxx)*  anagram
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x]  letter(s) missing

definitions are underlined

Across

1 Song and dance, to a degree
BALLAD
A charade of BALL, A and D.

4 Beads scattered round the chapel
BETHESDA
An insertion of THE in (BEADS)* with ‘scattered’ as the anagrind.  Originally a pool in Jerusalem where Jesus healed the sick; now a general term for a non-conformist chapel.

10 Want adage to be self-evident
GO WITHOUT SAYING
A charade of GO WITHOUT for ‘want’ and SAYING for ‘adage’.   Took me a while to see this one, even when I’d got the G_ to start with.

11 Charge across river for bait
TROLL
An insertion of R in TOLL.  Nothing to do with ogres or indeed with online numpties.  ‘Troll: a line or bait used in trolling for fish.’

12 Willing? Sounds like servant may be ideally suited
READY-MADE
If I’m ‘willing’, then I’m READY; and if I were a servant (which my kids think I am) then I might be a ‘maid’.  Which sounds like MADE.

13 Is nice try, though scrappy, in truth
SINCERITY
(IS NICE TRY)*

14 Old female, a music-hall singer
O’SHEA
A charade of O, SHE and A, referring to Tessie O’SHEA, the Welsh music-hall entertainer.  The enumeration given for this clue struck me.  It was (1’4), indicating the apostrophe in the answer.  Can’t remember ever seeing that before.  Normally it would just be (5).  And an &lit, or ‘all-in-one’ clue.

15 Irritable, youth leader after trial
TESTY
A charade of TEST and Y for the first letter of ‘youth’.

17 Drink that may get one general drunk by end of evening
GINGER ALE
‘End of evening’ is G; follow that by (I GENERAL)* and you’ve got your answer.

19 The very same dialect in broadcast
IDENTICAL
(DIALECT IN)*

21 Some criminal lawyers taken together
IN ALL
Hidden in crimIN AL Lawyers.

23 What may be required during play in new surroundings
CHANGE OF SCENERY
A dd.

24 Small leaves used in cooking the Parisian rejected inside? Scarcely
SPARSELY
A bit complicated to parse.  It’s S for ‘small’ followed by PARSLEY for the’cooking leaves’, with LE for one of the French words for ‘the’ reversed inside that.

25 Loan shark certain to be seen in ancient city
USURER
An insertion of SURE in UR for the setters’ favourite ‘ancient city’.  USURER is not perhaps a word in most people’s active vocabulary, but if you’ve been doing cryptics for a bit, then you will certainly have come across it.

Down

1 Changing at the front, rowing crew in large bay
BIGHT
Everyman is inviting you to think of EIGHT for a ‘rowing crew’ and then change the first letter.  North Utsire, South Utsire, Fisher, German Bight … for aficionados of the Shipping Forecast.

2 Dope in an inferior position?
LOWDOWN
DOPE, like GEN, is a slang word for ‘information’ or LOWDOWN.  So it’s a dd cum cd.

3 Powerful guns, not well positioned in main road
ARTILLERY
An insertion of ILL in ARTERY.

5 Sort of language used by heartless guy in resort
ESTUARY ENGLISH
(HEARTLESS GUY IN)* with ‘resort’ as the anagrind.  The dialect now common in the South-East, particularly along the Thames Estuary.  A comparatively recent phenomenon, and often adopted by politicians appealing for the youth or working-class vote.

6 Intoxicating froth on top of yours
HEADY
HEAD over Y for the first letter of ‘yours’.  Think beer.

7 Go round with a child for a vegetable
SPINACH
A charade of SPIN, A and CH.  Heat a knob of butter and glug of olive oil in a pan, chuck in a handful of chopped spring onions and cook for a bit.  Add two handfuls of frozen peas and cook a bit more.  Add a good glass of white wine, reduce the heat and simmer for a while; then add shedloads of SPINACH.  When the spinach has wilted, add some more butter and season with black pepper.  Serve with whatever.  Delish.

8 Total got from a boy standing in narrow opening
AGGREGATE
An insertion of GREG in A GATE.

9 Getting on coach for Roedean, say
BOARDING SCHOOL
A charade of BOARDING for ‘getting on’ and SCHOOL for ‘coach’.  Roedean is the posh all gels’ school just outside Brighton.

13 Synchronise men’s rehearsed moves
SET PIECES
A charade of SET for ‘synchronise’, one of the squillion or so synonyms of this word; and PIECES for ‘men’ in the chess sense.  The phrase is most often heard in a football context.

14 Wisecracks concerning English passenger ships
ONE-LINERS
A charade of ON, E and LINERS.

16 Czech composer in Vilnius met an accompanist
SMETANA
Hidden in VilnuiS MET AN Accompanist.  Bedrich SMETANA is indeed a Czech composer; Everyman didn’t have to tell us his nationality, but he is being gentle with us this morning.

18 Scholar enthralled by a true eccentric, a dabbler
AMATEUR
An insertion of MA for ‘Master of Arts’ or ‘scholar’ in A (TRUE)* with ‘eccentric’ as the anagrind.

20 Adult wearing clothes, garments worn by ancient Romans
TOGAS
Another insertion: of A in TOGS.

22 Hen, perhaps, in film
LAYER
Everyman often gives us an old film as a solution, but this is a double bluff and a double definition, since a hen is a LAYER of eggs.

Thanks to the setter as always for an enjoyable Sunday morning puzzle.

10 Responses to “Everyman 3519/16 March”

  1. Jovis says:

    Enjoyed both the crossword and the blog. Many thanks, both of you.

    Will give the spinach recipe a try!

  2. Jovis says:

    PS: I am relatively new to crosswords and noted the 1’4 description for O’SHEA. This of course made it easier to solve.

    Then came Brendan’s Mar 17 crossword with the playwright O’CASEY described as (5) which took me a long time to get. I registered a mild complaint in the blog but it seems I was being overly fussy.

  3. Davy says:

    Thanks Pierre,

    The usual array of excellent surfaces from Everyman and very enjoyable too.
    Especially liked Artillery, Boarding School and Estuary English. I’d never
    heard of the latter but there again, I do live in North Yorkshire.
    Thanks Everyman.

  4. Andy B says:

    I found this puzzle enjoyable but probably a little easier than usual. I didn’t like the enumeration of 14ac because it made it too much of a giveaway, although it is the Everyman puzzle so maybe it was fair. SET PIECES was my LOI.

  5. sidey says:

    Trolling as a method of fishing is the origin of the internet troll who throws out some bait and sees who will bite.

  6. Pierre says:

    I hadn’t made that connection, sidey, but of course. Something else learned from a crossword.

  7. AdamH says:

    Jovis@2: I made a comment on similar grounds recently. (I think O’Casey was given as (6) rather than (5)). Giving (1,4) for “O’Shea” certainly makes finding a solution easier which might be an argument against it, but then giving it as (5) seems to me purely misleading. Maybe it’s up to the setters to avoid these situations . . .

  8. John says:

    I tend to think of ‘ready made’ as not being ‘ideally suited’, rather ‘best available’, but it didn’t stop me solving.

  9. Barrie says:

    Easy solve other than Estuary English which I didn’t spot as an anagram and I’ve never heard of the expression despite being from London (but now in New Zealand).

    I agree with those who think (6) for o’casey or (5) for o’shea misleading. .

  10. Audrey Ansell says:

    I have never heard of Estuary English either, being in New Zealand. Nor has I hear of 14 across.

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